Oscar® producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced this morning that best-selling Country superstar and critically acclaimed actor TIM MCGRAW will perform GLEN CAMPBELL’S “I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU” during the live television broadcast of the Oscars®. “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” is nominated in the category of Best Original Song.
The song appears in the Critics’ Choice nominated documentary GLEN CAMPBELL…I’LL BE ME, which follows Campbell’s final tour and his struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Recorded with the famed Wrecking Crew and co-written with producer Julian Raymond, the song conveys his personal experience with the disease and laments the memory of his wife and family. The recording of “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” was captured in a heartfelt scene near the end of the film. See it here.
The performance by McGraw will be a dedication to Campbell from the Country community that has rallied behind him and his family during this difficult time. Campbell, who received the GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 and is a member of the esteemed Country Music Hall of Fame, is no longer able to perform for public audiences due to Alzheimer’s progression. Campbell’s immediate family, who appears alongside him in the film, asked McGraw if he would be willing to honor the legend by performing the song at the upcoming awards.
Said the Campbell family, “We are thrilled that Tim McGraw will be singing ‘I’m Not Gonna Miss You’ on Glen’s behalf at the Academy Awards®. Glen was always a fan of his music and Tim is sure to bring great emotional depth to the performance. We can’t wait to hear it live!”
“I’m honored to be asked to sing this powerful song from one of the true legends of the music industry,” added McGraw.
The 87th Oscars®, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.